Faculty & Staff Online Safety Manual

This manual is a guide for establishing and maintaining safe working conditions at St. Scholastica, and for promoting safe work practices by faculty and staff. We hope that implementing these safety guidelines will set a good example for the entire college community.

Contact the Staff:
Michael Turner -mturner@css.edu

Reporting an Emergency | Medical Emergencies | Fire Emergencies | Bomb Threats | Chemical Spills | Severe Weather | Utility FailureCrime Reporting Hotline | Emergency Phone Locations | Motor Vehicle Assists | Residential Life Crime Prevention | Personal Security Checklist | Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention

To report any emergency requiring response from the Duluth Police Department, Duluth Fire Department or Gold Cross Ambulance, call 911.

Tell the 911 dispatcher: "This is an emergency" and give him/her the following information:

  • The nature of the emergency
  • Location of the emergency
  • Your name
  • The phone number you are calling from
  • Your location

Do not hang up until you are sure no further information is required, or unless there is an immediate threat to your safety.

Wait for the emergency crew to arrive and direct them to the location of the emergency.

What to do during a medical emergency

In the event that you, or someone you have encountered on campus is in need of medical attention, the following guidelines should be followed:

  • Minor Injuries or Illness - Call Campus Security at 218-723-6175. They will assess the situation and provide emergency first aid. They will also advise as to the need for further treatment or attention.
  • Serious Injuries or Illness - Call 911 and Campus Security. If it is obvious to you that someone needs immediate assistance and/or hospitalization such as for severe trauma, loss of consciousness, chest pains, paralysis, or broken bones, have someone dial 911 and Campus Security at 218-723-6175. Give the 911 dispatcher all pertinent information and the exact location. This will help insure that the proper responder is summoned and that help will arrive in the shortest possible time. Stay with the victim until help arrives.

Please remember that an injury or illness could be more serious than it first appears, so do not hesitate to call for assistance.

Fire Emergency

A fire emergency exists when there is uncontrolled burning, the presence or the odor of smoke, or an uncontrolled release of a toxic gas or a flammable liquid spill.

A. During a fire emergency:

  1. Sound the building alarm. If possible, locate the nearest emergency pull station and activate the building alarm. If you can not find an emergency pull station, warn the other occupants by knocking on doors and shouting as you leave.
  2. Leave the building. Move away at least 100 feet from the building and do not block the way for emergency vehicles responding to the fire alarm. Do not go back into the building until the fire department says it is safe to do so.
  3. Call 911. Give as much information as possible about the fire emergency.

B. Surviving a building fire:

  1. Get down. If you get caught in smoke, get down and crawl. Cleaner, cooler air will be near the floor.
  2. Feel doors before opening. Before opening any doors, feel the metal knob. If it is hot, don't open the door. If it is cool, brace yourself against the door, open it slightly, and if heat or smoke are present, close the door and stay in the room.
  3. Go to the nearest exit or doorway. If the nearest exit is blocked by fire, heat, or smoke, go to another exit. Do not use the elevators because they may fill with smoke or the power may fail, leaving you trapped.

Total and immediate evacuation is safest. Only use a fire extinguisher if the fire is very small and you know how to do it safely. If you can't put out the fire, leave immediately. Be sure to call 911even if you think the fire has been extinguished.

C. If you get trapped:

  1. Keep the doors closed. Seal cracks and vents if smoke comes in. If you're trapped in a room and there's no smoke outside, open a window and yell for help.
  2. Signal for help. Hang an object at the window (a bed sheet, jacket, shirt) to attract the fire department's attention. If there is a phone in the room, call 911 and notify the 911 dispatcher your location and that you are trapped.

Bomb Threats

All bomb threats should be taken seriously, and reported to Campus Security immediately.

A. If you receive a written bomb threat pay attention to when you received it, who has touched it, and how it was delivered. Call Campus Security at 218- 723-6175 immediately.

B. If you receive a bomb threat over the phone try to keep the caller on the line long enough to fill out the bomb threat checklist, which asks for:

  • Date & time of call
  • Description of caller's voice
  • Emotional state of caller
  • Background noises
  • Any information given about the bomb

C. If you find an object that could be a bomb or receive any unexpected packages: do not attempt to move the suspicious object or to tamper with it in any way. Call Campus Security immediately at 218-723-6175.

Chemical Spills

In the event of a chemical spill, call Campus Security at 218-723-6175 immediately. Let the security officer know where the spill occurred, what type of chemical was spilled, and any injuries people may have obtained.

Until help arrives

  • Move away from the accident scene and alert others to stay away.
  • Try not to inhale gases, fumes, or smoke. If possible, cover your mouth with a cloth while leaving the area.
  • Stay away from the accident victims.
  • Try to stay upstream, uphill, and upwind from the accident.
  • In case of contact with skin, flush the body area with water for 15 minutes. Seek medical attention immediately.

Severe Weather

1. Tornado Watch
A Tornato Watch means that probabilities are high that severe weather or a tornado could occur. The National Weather Service will issue a watch bulletin to local authorities as well as to the local radio and TV stations.

2. Tornado Warning
A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been sighted in the area. The National Weather Service alerts all weather stations and local authorities. If a tornado is approaching, the warning will be signaled by a continuous sounding of emergency siren located on the roof of Tower Hall.

If campus Security is notified of severe weather, they will make the appropriate contacts.

3. Tornado Dangers

  1. An approaching cloud of debris can mark the location of a tornado even if a funnel is not visible.
  2. Before a tornado hits, the wind may die down and the air may become very still.
  3. Tornadoes generally occur near the trailing edge of a thunderstorm. It is not uncommon to see clear, sunlit skies behind a tornado.

4. Severe Weather
When the emergency warning sirens sound, it is everyone's responsibility to go to the nearest designated shelter area.

Don't leave the shelter until you hear the "all-clear" signal.

Designated Shelter Areas:

Building: Area(s):
  1. Tower Hall
  1. Student Union Area
  2. Ground floor tunnel areas without windows
  1. Science Building
  1. First floor center hallways
  1. Burns Wellness Commons/Reif Gym
  1. Lower level hallway of the Reif
  2. Locker rooms
  1. Library/Chapel
  1. Ground floor tunnel areas away from windows
  1. Somers Hall/Suites
  1. Ground floor hallways away from windows
  1. Theater Building
  1. Lower lever area away from windows
  2. Tower Hall designated shelter areas
  1. Pine, Maple, Willow, Birch, Cedar Hall, Scanlon Hall & Kerst Hall Apartments
  1. Ground floor hallways
  2. Wellness Center/Reif or Tower Hall designated shelter areas

Utility Failure

Utilities are sources of power that run the campus. They include electricity, natural gas, water, sewage, heating, and telephones. All utility failures should be reported to Campus Security at 218-723-6175.

  1. If there is there a potential danger to building(s) and/or its occupants, call 911 immediately. Be prepared to report your location and the nature of the emergency to the 911 dispatcher.
  1. For all other utility problems call campus security at 218-723-6157. Tell them the type of utility failure occurring and your location.

Confidential Crime Reporting Hotline

If you have information on theft or vandalism on campus, please call the Crime Reporting Hotline.  Criminal activities are costly. Don't stand by and watch them destroy our community.

Call: 218-723-7077

All information will be kept confidential.

 Emergency Phone Locations

Direct dial security phones can be found near the entrances of parking lots: 1, 2, 5, 6, 6A, 13, 15, 16, and 17.

Students who would like an escort, see suspicious activity, or need emergency assistance are encouraged to use these phones.

 Motor Vehicle Assists

 Students who are in need of vehicle assists can contact the Campus Operator to sign out a vehicle jump kit or snow shovels.

For all other vehicle concerns, such as lock outs, flat tires, or mechanical difficulties, students should contact their auto club or a local service center for assistance.

  Residential Life Crime Prevention & Security

 The majority of crimes in residence halls or apartments involve theft of personal property.  Most of these don't involve forced entry, but occur when doors are unlocked.

The following measures can help prevent the theft of personal belongings:

  1. Keep your door locked even when you are in your room.
  2. Don't prop open exterior building doors.  If you see a door propped, close it.
  3. Don't open the door for unauthorized visitors.
  4. Leave valuables at home or store them out of sight when not in use.
  5. Close Curtains and blinds after dark.
  6. Do not put your name or address on key rings.
  7. Be cautious of using bathroom facilities when no one else is around, especially at night.
  8. If you see a crime being committed on campus, contact Campus Security at 218-723-6175 immediately.

 Personal Security Checklist

 Follow these guidelines to keep yourself safe:

  1. Always lock your car.  Store valuables out of sight in your trunk.
  2. Never leave your keys in your car or "hide" a spare key in a wheel well or bumper.
  3. Never leave purse, backpack, or other personal items unattended.
  4. Carry car keys separately from house keys.  Never put your name or address on your keys.
  5. Lock your bicycle in racks outside campus buildings; use a U lock or case-hardened lock and chain. Take easy-to-steal items (helmet, pump, bottles, quick-release seat) with you.
  6. Engrave your bike frame and wheels with your driver's license number to discourage theft.
  7. Use well-lit walkways at night, walk in pairs or groups, or call 218-723-6175 for a campus escort.
  8. Report suspicious activities or persons to Campus Security to 218-723-6175.
  9. Lock the outside door of campus offices when (a) leaving work, (b) the office will be unoccupied during the work day, or (c) working alone at night or on weekends.

 Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention

 Motor vehicles are a prime target for theft and vandalism, especially at night.  The following measures can help prevent vandalism or theft to your vehicle:

  1. Keep your vehicle locked and the windows rolled up.
  2. Never leave your vehicle running when unattended.
  3. Never leave valuables in vehicles (especially wallets, purses, money)
  4. Never leave property in vehicles (cell phone, CD/mp3 player, sports equipment, C.B. radios, and other auto accessories).
  5. Never leave property in plain view.
  6. Park in well lighted areas.
  7. Report all suspicious persons or vehicles around parking areas to Campus Security at 218-723-6175 immediately.